Spring 2021 return to campus for students

Like the Fall 2020 semester, the Spring 2021 semester will include a blend of in-person and remote instruction. 

Academic Calendar

The first day of classes will now be Monday, Jan. 25. There will be no Spring Break. Three additional non-instruction break days are being added: Feb. 17, March 24 and April 13. Non-instructional days should be left entirely free of any mandatory course obligations

See the Academics page for more information.

Steps to return to campus

Any undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from campus and return for the Spring 2021 semester should begin on-campus COVID-19 testing as soon as they return to campus and limit their activities to essential.

Get tested immediately 

In order to participate in on-campus activities beginning Jan. 24, it is required that all students, faculty, staff and scholars receive two negative on-campus test results, no sooner than three days apart between Jan. 15-24.

If you cannot arrive on campus in time to do this, you must instead begin testing as soon as possible, and you will not be able to participate in on-campus activities until you receive two negative on-campus test results, no sooner than three days apart.

It is recommended that these tests take place following the schedule:

  • Graduate students: Jan. 15 & 19
  • Seniors: Jan. 15 & 19
    • Seniors who live in University Housing will test on Jan. 17 & 21
  • Juniors: Jan. 16 & 20
    • Juniors who live in University Housing will test on Jan. 17 & 21
  • Sophomores: Jan. 17 & 21
  • Freshmen and new students: Jan. 18 & 22

Essential activities only until you receive negative results

Other than participation in essential activities, students should not leave their residence until their first test result confirms they are COVID-19 negative.

Students should participate only in essential activities, such as buying groceries, until they receive two negative on-campus test results.

Graduate or professional students who have research or work duties that require access to campus buildings from Jan. 15-24 should fill out this form with their supervisor in advance and present to the Wellness Support Associate to gain building access. Wellness Support Associates and supervisors should consider this form as building access granted. Beginning Jan. 25, use the Safer Illinois app or the Boarding Pass to show your status.

Resume your regular testing schedule after receiving two negative results

After two negative test results, students should follow standard testing protocols to maintain testing compliance.

Students who fail to follow our testing policies are subject to student discipline. Learn more about On-Campus Testing or view Testing Locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do faculty, staff or students need to continue to test for COVID-19 during breaks?

Yes. Anyone who continues to participate in on-campus activities should continue to follow their COVID-19 testing schedule, as should any students who continue to live in the Champaign-Urbana-Savoy area.

Will all spring classes that are in-person stay in-person through the full duration of the semester, or will they end early similar to the Fall semester?

Like the Fall semester, the Spring 2021 semester will include a blend of in-person and remote instruction. However, because there is no spring break, in-person classes will last the full duration of the semester with the last day of instruction being May 5. Finals will take place May 7-14. Visit the Registrar’s website for more information about the Spring semester academic calendar.

When can I register for Spring 2021 classes?

The Spring 2021 class schedule will be available to view on Friday, Nov. 6. Time tickets will be available on Nov. 16. Registration will begin on Nov. 30. See more information on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Will the testing site locations be open during or after Fall Break? Will they be open during Winter Break?

The university will continue to provide on-campus COVID-19 testing sites during breaks and through the Spring 2021 semester. Testing site locations and hours may change during breaks. Testing site locations may not be available during certain holidays. Once these decisions have been made, we will announce them to the university community. You are encouraged to continue to check the COVID-19 testing site location webpage for the most up-to-date information.

I am a graduate or professional student who has research or work duties that require me to have access to campus buildings between Jan. 15-24. How do I get building access?

Graduate and professional students should fill out this form with their supervisor in advance and present to the Wellness Support Associate to gain access to campus buildings from Jan. 15 through midnight Jan. 24. Wellness Support Associates and supervisors should consider this form as building access granted.

Beginning Jan. 25, you will need to use the Safer Illinois app or the Boarding Pass to show your status.

What should I do if I can’t go on my assigned testing days when I return to campus?

You should be tested as soon as you return to campus. The most important thing is that you receive two negative on-campus test results between Jan. 15-24, no closer than three days apart. Give yourself plenty of time to receive two negative test results, and be sure to take your second test on or before Jan. 22.

Currently, I have been told to test every other day. How often should I test after Fall Break/during Winter Break/during Spring Semester?

You should continue to follow your assigned testing schedule until you hear otherwise.

I am an undergraduate student and I’m not leaving during Winter Break. Do I still need to test in accordance with the testing schedule before the start of the spring semester?

Yes. All students will be required to receive two negative on-campus test results between Jan. 15-24, no closer than three days apart. This is the assigned schedule students are to follow if they are able to do so:

  • Graduate students should be tested on Jan. 15 & 19.
  • Seniors should be tested on Jan. 15 & 19. (Seniors who live in University Housing will test on Jan. 17 & 21.)
  • Juniors should be tested on Jan. 16 & 20. (Juniors who live in University Housing will test on Jan. 17 & 21.)
  • Sophomores should be tested on Jan. 17 & 21.
  • Freshmen and new students should be tested Jan. 18 & 22.
I already have a Spring Break trip planned. What should I do?

There will not be a Spring Break as part of the Spring 2021 semester. Since there is no Spring Break, classes will continue.